It's a common sight a couple of weeks into the New Year: people flocking to the gym, lining up to use the equipment, and breaking out in sweat in atonement for the sinful feasting during Noche Buena, Media Noche, and essentially every night of December.
Come February and the same facilities are suddenly empty. What the hell just happened? Are the fitness goals of people just as short-lived as their other yearly resolutions?
"New Year's resolutions, balik-alindog program—in my opinion, those are bogus concepts. Working out is not a miracle. Kapag nagsimula ka, don't expect na may resulta na kaagad. It really takes time—around three months—to lose weight or get strong," says Charles "Crunch" Vincent M. Aguila, PTRP, REB, Group Fitness Team Leader and Master Personal Trainer, Fitness First Philippines, Inc.
He attests to these bad lifestyle habits that sees most of his clients losing hope or getting lazy early into their balik-alindog program. So, what usually causes this?
Aguila points to several factors. According to him, these are some of the reasons why we don't follow through on our health ambitions, especially right after the holiday season:
You set wrong goals
Favorite line: "Dapat New Year's resolution ko, magwo-workout na ko."
Most fitness resolutions are just vague ideas that end up being forgotten. Whether it's to rock a suit for a wedding or ditch the shirt at the beach, one must have a clear objective. In his personal experience with clients, he shares, "Lagi naming tinatanong kung may pinaghahandaan ba sila."
You reek of inconsistency
Favorite line: "Kakain ako ng masarap, tsaka ako magwo-workout."
"Okay lang kung self-motivated ka o talagang ginagawa mo na before," he says. But if you're a first-time gym goer, it will take a lot of discipline and will power to train regularly. One way to successfully build a fitness habit is to establish a definite timeline and routine of the things that you need to do.
You lack baseline information
Favorite line: "Wala namang nangyayari, hindi na ko magwo-workout."
Aguila explains: "Dumidiretso sa workout. So, walang basehan ng progress." They only rely on a mirror, which could be misleading because some changes cannot be seen by the naked eye. It's important to measure your weight, to find out the suitable regimen and how much work is required.
You have endless excuses
Favorite line: "Mamaya na ko magwo-workout, masarap kumain ngayon kasi malamig."
The holiday season usually serves as your biggest alibi. You think it's fine to indulge yourself and delay exercise, until you're a few weeks away from the next Christmas. He reveals, "Actually, if you will be preparing for summer, hindi ka magsisimula ng January. Dapat bandang October pa lang."